1. Wide of Antonio Vasquez, Mexico warlock during news conference
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3. Mid of Vazquez
4. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Antonio Vasquez, Mexico's "Grand Warlock":
"The problem is the start of a new war in Middle East, a very bad one, even though we didn't want this, Syria will continue to implode and something really big and bad will happen."
5. Wide of news conference
6. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Antonio Vasquez, Mexico's "Grand Warlock":
"I don't have a doubt that they will take him (Venezuela president Hugo Chavez) nearly dead on 10 January there (to Venezuela), so he's able to take power (referring to inauguration). But we'll see Chavez is done. I don't think he'll pass the three-month mark this year before he dies."
7. Wide of news conference
8. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Antonio Vasquez, Mexico's "Grand Warlock":
"That's something we will find out that (Jenni Rivera's plane, referring to the late Mexican-American singer) exploded in the air because the plane without a bomb wouldn't have exploded the way it did."
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10. Mid of a wooden box with symbols that he uses to do his predictions
"Something really big and bad" in the Middle East and the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, were among the 2013 predictions of Mexico's self proclaimed "Grand Warlock" on Friday.
Despite his somewhat chequered record of past predictions, dozens of reporters on Friday packed a hall in Mexico City's press club to hear Antonio Vazquez and ask him questions, which he answered by reading tarot cards.
Vazquez predicted a new war in the Middle East, chaos in Venezuela and a tough year for Obama.
"The problem is the start of a new war in Middle East, a very bad one, even though we didn't want this, Syria will continue to implode and something really big and bad will happen," Vazquez told reporters.
Vazquez said tarot cards showed Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is battling cancer, would make it to his inauguration on 10 January, but that he would not survive beyond the end of March.
"I don't think he'll pass the three-month mark this year before he dies," Vazquez said.
He also said cards showed him the death of Jenni Rivera, the Latin music superstar who was killed on December 8 in a plane crash, was not an accident.
"The plane would not have exploded the way it did if it wasn't carrying a bomb," he said.
The 72-year-old astrologer has been making predictions since 1980 on events ranging from international incidents to the private lives of celebrities, based on tarot cards and his scrutiny of the stars.
But the warlock, who likes to braid his long, white beard, is perhaps more famous for his erroneous predictions than his successes.
He has been wrong, for example, in forseeing the deaths of Cuba's Fidel Castro and US singer Britney Spears.
A year after he predicted the singer's death he forecast she would continue to triumph.
He also said United States President Barack Obama would lose his re-election bid, only for the president to beat Mitt Romney.
Regardless of his shortcomings, Vazquez's readings get wide coverage in the local media, especially those about the love lives of celebrities.
And there have been times when he has been spot-on.
Last January, the warlock accurately predicted that the world would not end in December, saying theories of doomsday in 2012 were "big fat lies".